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News and future meetings


Our next meeting will be held on Thursday, 19 May at 7.30pm at the Methodist Church. There is also a zoom link for the meeting. Our speaker is Ken Dash who will talk about Meersbrook Hall.
Built in Meersbrook, Sheffield in 1759 as a Georgian mansion for Benjamin Roebuck, a prominent Sheffield businessman, the Hall was occupied from 1788 by the wealthy Shore family until the last of them died in 1864. From 1890 until 1953 it was the home of the Ruskin Museum and then, until 2016 the offices of Sheffield City Council’s Parks department. After that it was leased to Heeley Development Trust and there was at last an opportunity to survey the building and record its history and development. This talk
shows the results of that project.

The Village of Castleton
Castleton developed as a settlement in the 12th century when the Norman fortress of Peveril Castle was built there. Articles on the history of Castleton can be found here and some photos from our collection are shown below.

Castleton Historical Society
Castleton Historical Society is a voluntary group who promote the history of the Village with a programme of talks, events, displays and local history research. CHS is responsible for establishing and continuing to curate The Castleton Museum.

In recent years, the Society has participated in a number of ongoing archaeological digs. More information about our meetings, research and archaeological activities, publications and events are described on this website. New members are always welcome.

The Castleton Museum
Castleton Museum is an accredited museum, housed at Castleton Visitor Centre and managed by CHS. It is a show-case for the history of the Village and surrounding area. Included in its extensive archive is a comprehensive collection of costumes and artefacts of Castleton’s Ancient Garland Ceremony. More information and photos here.

The Visitor Centre and Museum were reopened after a major refurbishment in 2017.  The Museum was redesigned with a new layout, displays and a wall size screen for digital presentations. The opening ceremony was performed by John Craven, host of BBC programmes, ‘Newsround’ and ‘Countryfile’ , (pictured left) and is described in more detail in the CHS Blog.

Castleton Visitor Centre
Castleton Visitor Centre is a joint partnership between The Peak District National Park Authority and Castleton Historical Society.